Pakistan (Punjab): HIS Indicators

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MEASURE Evaluation is compiling the country profiles on this site for 30 HIS indicators. Pakistan has gone through devolution of its services-related public sectors, including the health sector, with the 18th amendment to its constitution effective June 28, 2011. The Federal Ministry of Health (MoH) has been dissolved and the overall responsibility for health services policy direction and planning has been devolved to the provinces. Government responsibility for health aid coordination is now under the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination.

As of August 2017, MEASURE Evaluation had located the following indicators for Punjab, Pakistan. Indicator definitions can be found here:

Please check back in this Resource Center as we continue to expand the indicators of HIS strengthening, or click here to provide comments and suggestions. 





1. National health strategy

Current (2018)

Punjab Health Sector Plan 2018: Building a Healthier Punjab

2. Health sector M&E plan

Current (2012-2020)

Can be found on pages 45-62 of the Draft Strategy 2012-2020: Health Sector of Punjab

3. HIS policy

Not available

In-country contact

A dedicated HIS policy is not in place. The Punjab Health Sector Strategy (PHSS) 2012-2020 mentions the need for information systems and plans for including these in future.



4. HIS strategic plan


Not available

In-country contact

Not available. There is no current specific strategic plan.

5. Country has set of core health indicators

Current (2018)

Found on pages 35–38 of current national health strategy plan (2018).

6. National HIS coordinating body

Not available

In-country contact

The Director General Health Services Punjab is currently the coordinating body for the M&E system. Currently, other ministries and departments are not involved in this coordination.

7. Country has master facility list

Available but not online

In-country contact

The MFL of public sector facilities is available. Data is reported through the DHIS from all primary and secondary care facilities. District head quarter hospitals (DHQHs) also report through the DHIS. Currently, tertiary level facilities are not part of the DHIS.

8. Conducted HMN assessment

Not completed

Country is not listed.

9. Population census within the last 10 years

No (1998)

Census conducted in Pakistan as a whole.

10. Availability of national health surveys 

MICS5 (2014) and DHS (2012–2013)

MICS5 for Punjab province was conducted in 2014. DHS is for Pakistan as a whole.

11. Completeness of vital registration (births and deaths)

Incomplete – 23.5% for live births and 6.3% for deaths

Source is not civil registration, but it is classified as reliable by UN Stats and it is for Pakistan as a whole.

12. Country has electronic system for aggregating routine facility and/or community service data


Punjab provinces used an electronic DHIS.

13. Country has national statistics office



Punjab does not have a separate statistics office. The link is for the national statistics office.

14. National health statistics report (annual)

Not current (2013–2014)

Annual Report Health Department 2013–2014

15. Country has website for health statistics with latest data available

Yes, updated and has recent health data


16. DQA conducted on prioritized indicators aligned with most recent health sector strategy


In-country contact

DQAs are conducted periodically.

17. PRISM assessment conducted in any regions/districts

Conducted (2004)

PRISM assessment conducted in Pakistan as a whole.

18. Percentage of facilities represented in HMIS information

Almost 100%

In-country contact

Yes, almost 100% of the public sector facilities are reporting on the monthly online DHIS.

19. Proportion (facility, district, national) offices using data for setting targets and monitoring


In-country contact

Target setting is a part of DHIS, but it is not tracked.

20. Measles coverage reported to WHO/UNICEF

WHO/UNICEF estimate = 61; Official government estimate = 83  

See page 12. Measles coverage information is for Pakistan as a whole.

21. Number of institutional deliveries available by district, and published within 12 months of preceding year

Not current (2013-2014) – by district

Institutional deliveries by district can be found on page 25 of the “Annual Report Health Department 2013–2014.”

22. Existence of policies, laws, and regulations mandating public and private health facilities/ providers to report indicators determined by the national HIS




23. Availability of standards/guidelines for RHIS data collection, reporting, and analysis




24.Presence of procedures to verify the quality of data (accuracy, completeness, timeliness) reported




25.RHIS data collection forms allow for disaggregation by gender




26. At least one national health account completed in last 5 years

Available (2013 – 2014)

Pakistan National Health Accounts 2013 – 2014 (contains health account for Punjab)

27. National database with health workers by district and main cadres updated within last 2 years




28. Annual data on availability of tracer medicines and commodities in public and private health facilities

Not current (2012)

Can be found on pages 22-43 of the Health Facility Assessment – Punjab Provincial Report.

29. e-health strategy

Not available

Can be found indicated on page 1 section 1 of the WHO eHealth country profile for Pakistan.

30. Completeness of disease surveillance reporting


Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin, Week 48 (23-29 November)

Page 3 gives information on how many health facilities in the district reported but does not indicate the percentage completeness.